London to Europe by train: Paris and Bruges on the Eurostar

If it is economically and practically viable for me to choose another option of travelling other than flying, then I will. Over the past couple of years I have travelled to both Bruges and Paris via Eurostar…And I found the journeys both convenient and comfortable.

The ticket for Bruges in 2010 covered the two and a half hour journey on the Eurostar to Brussels Midi and then the onward journey on a local service to Bruges, which was another 50 minutes or so.
It might be worth doing a bit on research online before as it can be confusing to find out where to go once at Brussels and there happened to be a large queue at the information desk.

Fortunately there were a few other lost-looking British groups who we latched onto and put our heads together to find out where to go.

The trains are fairly regular though so it is not a problem if you miss one of the links.
We organised our accommodation separately for Bruges but decided to opt for a packaged deal with Eurostar to organise our hotel for Paris this year.
This worked out about the same price as booking it separately, but it was more convenient to book it all at once.
The Paris train is direct and stops at Gare du Nord.